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Venice Baroque Orchestra


Venice Baroque Orchestra

Orchestra offers romantic selections for Valentine's Day 

Venice Baroque OrchestraOVERLAND PARK, Kan. – The Venice Baroque Orchestra will set just the right mood for Valentine's Day when it performs selections from romantic, Neapolitan operas on Friday, Feb. 14, at Johnson County Community College. 

The orchestra, with guest vocalist counter-tenor Philippe Jaroussky, will appear at 8 p.m. in the Carlsen Center's Yardley Hall. Dr. Paul Laird, a professor of musicology at the University of Kansas, will provide a pre-concert talk at 7 p.m. in Polsky Theatre, located adjacent to Yardley. Laird's talk is free and open to the public. 

Tickets, which are $40 and $30, are available through the college box office at 913-469-4445 or online at A pre-show dinner also is being offered for $30. Prepaid reservations must be made through the college box office by noon Wednesday, Feb. 12.

Philippe Jaroussky
Philippe Jaroussky
Photo by Marco Borggreve

Jaroussky, born in France in 1978, has already established himself as one of the major singers in the international musical world. He has worked with some of the best baroque orchestras and has been praised in all of the most prestigious concert halls and theaters in France.

With the orchestra led by concertmaster Gianpiero Zanocco, the selections will come to life, providing a perfect way to celebrate Valentine's Day with the one you love. The program includes works by Porpora, Leo and Cimarosa, leading composers of the 18th century Neapolitan and Baroque periods. 

The orchestra was founded in 1997 by Marcon, a Baroque scholar and harpsichordist. It is recognized as one of the premier ensembles devoted to period instrument performance. The orchestra has received wide critical acclaim for its concert and opera performances throughout North America, Europe, South America, Japan and Korea. 

This concert is co-presented with the Friends of Chamber Music-Kansas City.